O’s Utilize Longball In Win Versus Nats

It was Matt Wieters Facts day at the park this evening, and though things didn’t go exactly as expected it was still a good game. The general turnout was great – especially for a game against the Nationals – but there weren’t that many people wearing their Matt Wieters Facts t-shirts.  I did have a couple people come up to me in Orioles garb to say hello, including one person who complimented my sister on her “Matt Wieters Took Batting Practice This Morning, There Were No Survivors” shirt and then, upon learning that I actually started the site, wiped of her (already clean) hand before shaking mine and telling me how much she likes MWF.  It was a pretty neat experience. One of the reasons that MWF Day was scheduled for today was that it was assumed that Wieters would be rested on Sundays, as was pretty common with the starting catcher last year. Well Dave Trembley decided to throw a wrench in our plans, as Wieters was given the night off and Gregg Zaun started in his place.  Perhaps Zaun knew we were there and decided to prove something to us, because he homered in his first at bat and ended up going 3-4.  He definitely brought his Z-Game today. Aubrey Huff and Nolan Reimold each homered as well, with the latter hitting a towering three-run bomb that eventually be the difference in the game.  Jeremy Guthrie wasn’t particularly effective – giving up three runs on five hits and three walks in five innings pitched – but the bullpen picked him up and George Sherrill finished of the 6-3 win with his 16th save of the year. The O’s move to 35-40 on the season, and go for the sweep tomorrow with David Hernandez taking the mound for the injured Koji Uehara. Matt Hobgood, the O’s first-round pick from this year’s draft, was also on hand tonight.  Hobgood agreed to a $2.42 M contract with the club, and was introduced to the O’s faithful to a loud standing ovation. I didn’t think Hobgood was the most talented player on the board at the #5 pick, but that doesn’t mean it was the wrong decision to select him. I’m excited to have Hobgood in the system now, and he seems like a good guy…

“Hobgood seemed to make friends everywhere he went during his weekend in Baltimore … even with a certain Hall of Fame pitcher and broadcaster who is not easily impressed. “When I met him, I asked him, ‘Aren’t you going to wait and sign at midnight on Aug. 15 like everybody else,'” Jim Palmer said. “He said, ‘I want to play. Getting one more million isn’t important. It’s about going out and competing.’ I said, “Boy, did you get the wrong agent.'”

It’ll likely be a while before Hobgood appears in Baltimore again, but he’s already endeared himself to fans with his attitude.